By: Mike Stone
The Red Wings begin the 2013 NHL season Saturday night in St.Louis. It will be a new look team without the likes of Nicklas Lidstrom, Brad Stuart, and Tomas Holmstrom among others. With Lidstrom retired, the captaincy has been turned over to Henrik Zetterberg, who joined The Stoney and Bill show Friday and told them being captain is a little different in the NHL than in Sweden, “It is definitely important over there, but it is much more of a bigger deal in North America.”
The Wings will have several new players including Damien Brunner. The Swiss forward played with Zetterberg in Switzerland during the lockout and does acknowledge he might have to get used to the smaller rinks in the NHL, “It’s definitely an adjustment for him like it was for me when I came over. It will take a while, but he is a good player. He is not a young, he is 26.”
The reduced schedule of 48 games means the Wings will not be playing any teams in the Eastern Conference. Zetterberg does not like that, but thinks it could happen in June, “If we played in the East we would not have to travel as much. We should be in the East, but I guess we will just have to wait until the Cup finals to play them.”
Zetterberg touched on the job of the captain and believed the only reason Mike Babcock watches “The Voice” is because his wife makes him. To hear the whole interview just click below.